Three Truxtun-class destroyers were built for the United States Navy. Part of the original 16 destroyers authorized by Congress on 4 May 1898 for the fiscal year 1899 program, they were commissioned in 1902. They were very similar to their Bainbridge-class contemporaries, except for mounting six 6-pounder (57 mm) guns instead of five. They were considered the most successful of the first 16 US Navy destroyers, and were succeeded by the larger Smith class.
|Builders:||Maryland Steel Company, Sparrows Point, Maryland|
|Preceded by:||Bainbridge class|
|Succeeded by:||Smith class|
|Length:||259 ft 6 in (79.10 m)|
|Beam:||22 ft 3 in (6.78 m)|
|Draft:||6 ft (1.8 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 × shafts|
|Speed:||30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) (design)|
|Capacity:||175 long tons (178 t) coal (fuel)|
During World War I the class was equipped with one or two depth charge racks for the convoy escort mission. Also during World War I, the single torpedo tubes were replaced with two twin torpedo tubes on Truxton and Worden, with the number of torpedoes remaining at four. Whipple was modified with one twin torpedo tube mount and four torpedoes at this time.
Truxtun and Whipple served first on the East Coast and later on the West Coast prior to World War I. Worden engaged in reserve training duties on the East Coast and acted as a submarine tender 1914–17. All three served in the Atlantic during the US participation in World War I. Following the Armistice, all were sold for scrapping or merchant conversion in 1919.
Ships in class
|USS Truxtun (DD-14)||Maryland Steel Company, Sparrows Point, Maryland||13 November 1899||15 August 1901||11 September 1902||18 July 1919||Sold to Joseph G. Hitner for merchant conversion|
|USS Whipple (DD-15)||Maryland Steel Company||13 November 1899||15 August 1901||21 October 1902||7 July 1919||Sold to Joseph G. Hitner for scrapping|
|USS Worden (DD-16)||Maryland Steel Company||13 November 1899||15 August 1901||31 December 1902||13 July 1919||Sold to Joseph G. Hitner for merchant conversion, sunk 1 May 1942|
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